Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would…
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can recover her son…especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?
Many Sparrows is a powerfully written, deeply emotional story; from heartache to joy, from sorrow to triumph. Lori sweeps her readers away with colorful word pictures and fantastic characters that will linger with you long after the last words on the page have been read.
Clare is a strong and determined heroine. Her path was not an easy one. Her heartache and struggles are often so real I felt like I was right there with her in the story! Her faith and trust in God are tested and she becomes a stronger person and gains a closer relationship with God through her trials.
Jeremiah Ring has a strong faith and a deep well of patience. He carries his own heartache, and yet his past struggles haven’t made him bitter or angry, they only made his faith that much stronger.
Many Sparrows has easily become my favorite book of 2017! I have read all of Lori Benton’s book, and have enjoyed each one. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction.
(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists and/or authors, including netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
“You opened your heart wide for life’s arrows to pierce it, and there were always arrows coming. Yet the heart, willful thing, could still long to bare itself to such attack, to take that terrible risk for the chance of such exquisite reward.”
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About the Author:
Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God’s transforming grace.
When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching 18th century history, Lori enjoys exploring the mountains with her husband.
Burning Sky, Lori’s debut novel, was a finalist for the ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award, and winner of the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year.
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Have you read one of Lori’s books? If so, which is your favorite?